God’s Peace/God’s Justice: Episode 2

Listen to Ben Williams as he tells how he experienced God’s judgement in a high school youth group and how his time at college and his faith set him on a path to pastoral ministry. He shares a story of his time as an intern and how one of his sermons touched a member of that congregation. …

Thursday Theology: July 2, 2020

Co-Missioners, Steven Kuhl is our writer this week. He sends along a reflection he prepared for the congregation he serves in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He submitted it under the title “Sing to the Lord: What to do when Times are Tough.” We’ve taken the liberty of replacing that with one more suited to this audience. Before we get …

Thursday Theology: June 25, 2020

Co-Missioners, For the third week running we send you thoughts from our editor. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community Glimpses of Easter: The Eucharist as a Visual Gift “Now we see in a mirror, dimly….” —1 Cor. 13:12 I saw a flash of Easter last Sunday at the congregation I serve. It had been while since the last …

God’s Peace/God’s Justice: Episode 1

Hear Carol Braun describe times in her life where she’s seen God’s judgment and God’s love at work: from her time in graduate school, interactions with family, and her career as a high school teacher. She shares that we all have times when we rely on ourselves and we feel we don’t measure up. We need to …

Thursday Theology: June 18, 2020

Co-Missioners, Our editor shares some clarification on the item we sent you last week about under-told Gospel and its present consequences. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community Law or Gospel? A Follow-up to the Post of June 11 A treasured colleague sent me an unhappy note about last week’s post. I wish I could share it. One paragraph …

Thursday Theology: June 11, 2020

Co-Missioners, Our editor speaks his mind today. With fear and trembling, he adds. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community George Floyd as a Summons to Lutheran Repentance If anyone is in Christ—new creation! The old is gone. Look! Here is the new! —2 Cor. 5:17 On March 23 I started posting a daily devotion on my congregation’s website. …

FAITH SEEKING UNDERSTANDING: Chapter 10: Fake Gospel or Real Gospel?

In the final chapter of Steve’s Faith Seeking Understanding, we take a look at fake vs real gospel. “You discover that a beautiful vase of flowers is not real. It is FAKE. It is not the real deal.There has always been a similar problem in church. We may hear lots of talk about God, Jesus and the …

Thursday Theology: June 4, 2020

Co-missioners, George Floyd is dead. Our cities burn. The nation is awash in wrath, judgment, recrimination and dumbfounded dismay. Against this backdrop, we send you the sermon that Pastor Nathan Hall of the Lutheran Church of the Nativity, North Conway, New Hampshire, delivered to his flock last Sunday, the Feast of Pentecost. It comes to you in …

FAITH SEEKING UNDERSTANDING: Chapter 8: Will Everyone be Saved?

What about those who have never known or believed in Christ? Will they be saved? In the end, will everyone be saved? What about Uncle Charlie? Everyone has an Uncle Charlie in their lives, the good person who never went to church and never believed in God. What about them? Will they be saved? Ultimately, that is …

Thursday Theology: May 28, 2020

Co-Missioners, We’ve been hearing about America’s dwindling churches for several years now. The evidence is easy to find. The trends in your own congregation will likely provide some. Or look at your judicatory’s reports to see how any of its churches have dissolved over the past five years. Steve Kuhl serves an Episcopal congregation that is presently facing …